Welcome Back Barkstall

Welcome Back Barkstall
Posted on 10/14/2020

October 13, 2020   

Dear Barkstall Families,

Thank you for choosing in-person learning for your student for the second quarter.   We are really excited to welcome students back into the building!

What will in-person look like?  

Student Hours:  12:40 - 3:10 p.m.

*Students can start entering the building at 12:35 p.m.

*Students who arrive after 12:40 p.m. must have the Unit 4 Symptom Screening Form and report to the Main Office to be screened by the nurse.






Virtual learning for ALL students

8:55 - 11:25 a.m.

Independent activities

Independent activities

Independent activities

Independent activities

Independent activities assigned for the afternoon

In-person learning


In-person learning


In-person learning


In-person learning


In-Person Learning Student Requirements:

  • Students will be required to wear a mask at all times while on the bus and in the building.  

  • Self-Certification forms and temperature checks are mandatory for all students to enter the building.

  • Students are expected to follow social distancing guidelines.

  • Students are expected to be in Dress Code.

  • Students are required to bring their chromebooks to and from school.

Arrival Expectations:

Car riders - Students must wait to exit the car  after a staff member has taken his/her temperature and collected the Self-Certification form.

Bus riders - Students will get their temperature taken as they get on the bus & bus drivers will collect the self-certification forms.

Walkers- Students will have their temperature taken as they enter the building and self-certification forms will be collected at the doors.

Grade-Level Entrance Doors:

Kindergarten - Door # 2 - located by the gym entrance

1st & 2nd Grade - Door # 9 - located at North side of the building

3rd - 5th Grade - Door #1 - Main Entrance Doors

Bus Riders - Door # 2 - located by the gym entrance

Dismissal Expectations:

*Dismissal begins at 3:10 p.m.

Bus Riders - Buses will be dismissed one at a time and students will be escorted to the bus by a staff member.

Car Riders - Car riders will be assigned to spots inside the building to wait as his/her name is called.  Once a student's name is called, they will walk outside to his/her car.

Parents - You must have the following sign posted with student name and grade level.

Walkers - Walkers will be dismissed at 3:10 p.m.

Additional Information:

  • Classrooms will be limited to 12 students per classroom with desks spaced 6 feet apart.

    • Kindergarten is 10 students per classroom.

  • Students who qualify for bus service will be contacted with transportation information.  

  • We are asking parents to certify daily that students are in good health, have not been exposed to Covid, and are not running a temperature (SELF-CERTIFICATION FORM).  Students who exhibit symptoms while at school will be sent home.  

  • Students will be provided with the following materials:  school supplies, lanyards for their mask, and water bottles. 

  • Students will need to bring their math and reading workbook to school.

  • Unfortunately at this time, breakfast lunch will not be served at school. We are happy to help  provide food service options for families to pick up or have meals delivered.  

  • Students will complete their independent learning assignments in the morning, remotely.  

Calendar Dates:

Wednesday, October 21 - No School for Students

Thursday, October 22 - No School for Students - Family & Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Friday, October 23 - No School for Students - Family & Teacher Conferences 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Monday, October 26 - Virtual Learning for ALL students 8:55 - 11:25 a.m.

Tuesday, October 27 - In-Person Learning Begins  12:40 - 3:10 p.m.

In-Person Learning will require students to learn new routines and follow all safety protocols.  We ask that you help us sustain safe in-person instruction by committing to the following protocols:


  1. I agree to review the Champaign Unit 4 Schools COVID-19 Operational/Safety Protocols document with my student prior to their return to in-person learning.  I will also review any updates, as needed.

  2. I will encourage my student to follow all of the required safety protocols, including wearing a mask as required.

  3. I agree to complete the Unit 4 Symptom Screen Form each day and send it with my student to school. (see page 3 in Operational/Safety Protocol manual for an example).  

A copy will be mailed home with Report Cards for students to bring on the first day of in-person learning.  On the first day of in-person learning, students will be provided with copies to take home.

  1. I agree to arrange transportation, within one (1) hour, for my student if they develop any symptoms associated with COVID-19. I understand that if I am unable to arrange transportation, my student may return to distance learning.

By sending your student to in-person learning, you are agreeing to these expectations. If you are unable to follow the protocols and pick-up students on time, we will ask students to return to distance learning to support everyone’s safety.  

Barkstall staff are ready to welcome your children.  Yes, school will look different, but we look forward to seeing our students again.  Please if you have any questions, feel free to contact the school office at 217-373-7330, or email me directly. I am happy to chat and answer any questions.


Jessica Bradford

Barkstall Principal



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